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Alison Coney Jones

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A Norway woman is accused of making false statements in order to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, also called “food stamps.”

Alison Coney Jones, 36, of 620 Winchester Avenue, is charged with fraudulent acquisition or use of food stamps valued at $10,000 or more.

A warrant accuses her of failing to report her husband’s income on her annual certification and/or semiannual recertification forms.

“As a result, the defendant received an overpayment of $22,697 in SNAP benefits for which she was not entitled to receive,” the warrant said.

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It goes on to allege she misrepresented herself on the official SNAP documents between Nov. 1, 2016 and June 30, 2019.

Special agents of the S.C. Department of Social Services, Office of Inspector General, took Jones into custody on Tuesday.

Magistrate Robert Lake set her bond at $25,000 and released her on her personal recognizance.

If Jones is convicted, she faces a maximum fine of $5,000 and up to 10 years in prison.

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